Boisterous made his return to New York a winning one, closing resolutely through the stretch for a one-length victory over Desert Blanc in the $150,000 Fort Marcy Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Belmont Park May 5 (VIDEO).
Sent off as the narrow 7-5 favorite in the field of six, the 5-year-old son of Distorted Humor stayed in mid-pack behind fractions of :25.68 and :50.89 set by Upgrade over the yielding turf course. Moving up on the turn, Boisterous hit his best stride once in the stretch and took the lead 110 yards from the wire.
“I know my horse can run the last part, so I wanted to be patient,” said winning jockey Alan Garcia. “I was waiting and waiting and waiting and waiting, and turning for home I let him run and he did really well.”
Boisterous completed the 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.89 as he added the Fort Marcy to his 2011 stakes victories in the Red Smith (gr. IIT) at Aqueduct Racetrack and the Knickerbocker (gr. IIIT) at Belmont. The Phipps Stable homebred made one start prior this year to the Fort Marcy, finishing fourth in an optional claiming race at Gulfstream Park March 18.
“We originally were disappointed in his last race because he didn’t finish, but looking further at it, he made an early move and then flattened out,” said Robbie Medina, assistant to Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey. “That type of turf course with the short stretch doesn’t suit him; he prefers making that one run through the stretch.”
Boisterous, who returned $4.60 for a $2 win bet, earned $90,000 to extend his bankroll to $457,990. Overall, he is 7-0-1 from 16 starts.
The winner is out of the Cox's Ridge mare Emanating.
Next up for Boisterous, said Medina, will likely be the $600,000 Woodford Reserve Manhattan (gr. IT) June 9, Belmont Stakes Day. Last year, Boisterous finished third in the 1 ¼-mile race in his first graded stakes appearance.
Completing the order of finish behind 19-10 second choice Desert Blanc were Top Surprize, Boots Ahead, Upgrade, and Sal the Barber. Beau Choix, Gourmet Dinner, Silver Medallion, and Trickmeister were scratched.